November 2015

Man had almost 12,000 vile images of children on computers at home he shared with family

A sordid pervert from Paisley amassed almost 12,000 sickening images and videos of children on computers found in his bedroom.

Depraved Mark Wyllie, 26, was banned from using the internet and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register after files – including some showing girls as young 12 being sexually abused – were discovered on two tower PCs rigged up in his bedroom.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard yesterday that Wyllie, of Shortroods Road in the town, had downloaded and stored the vile stash at the house he shared with his mum and sister in a little more than six months.

The offences took place between November 2015 and July this year.

Fiscal depute Keri Marshal told the court: “On July 5 police officers were admitted to the house with a search warrant by the accused’s mother.

“He lives with his mother and sister.

“The reason for the visit was explained to the accused’s mother and a number of computer devices, located within the accused’s bedroom, were subjected to a preliminary examination which confirmed the presence of indecent images of children.

“The accused was detained and taken to Govan Police Station for interview where he gave a no comment interview. He was placed under arrest after a full examination of his computer devices was carried out.”

The court was told Wyllie had collected 11,834 indecent images and video clips on the machines.

Forensic analysis by police revealed he had eight category A photos, and one category A video, which depicted two young girls aged 12 to 16 performing sex acts.The clip also showed one girl being abused.

He had collected 22 category B photos and 42 video files, including a movie of two girls aged between 12 and 14 performing sex acts.

The vast majority of images, 11,761, were category C and he also had 29 movie files of the same classification.

These files depicted images of naked children aged between 12 and 14.

Wyllie pleaded guilty yesterday to offences of taking or permitting to be taken indecent photographs of children between November 15, 2015, and July 5, 2016.

His defence agent Chris McKenna said: “He is pleading guilty to these charges and clearly reports will be required, both a Criminal Justice Social Work Report and Pathways Report, in preparation for sentence.

“I would ask that his bail is continued and would like to reserve any other submissions until sentencing.”

The case has been adjourned until January for Sheriff Colin Pettigrew to receive reports on Wyllie.

Sheriff Pettigrew told the accused: “Having pled guilty to this, giving the nature and gravity of the charges, it is appropriate I obtain background reports. You will also be made subject to notification requirements under the sexual offences legislation.”

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